Pollyanna {Review}

We just finished Pollyanna for school. I never read this book as a child, so it was as new to me as to the girls. I can say that I truly loved this book!

The author did a great job making the reader understand the personality of each of the characters.  Pollyanna’s character reminded me of a more optimistic and unfortunate Junie B. Jones. I love reading aloud and always do different voices for the different characters. The way this book is written lends itself very well to being read aloud.

While this story is about a little girl, I feel like any child could enjoy this book. There were so many lessons in this book. I felt like we had lots of teachable moments throughout the book. There is a bit of a mystery in Pollyanna, which is fun. There are tragic moments as well. There were parts of the book that had such beautifully written passages that I had to stop and weep a little before I could go on. I know that may sound over-the-top, but I think that if you go and read Pollyanna as an adult it would touch your heart way more than if were read it only as a child. I know my children were touched, but they could not fully fathom some of the more adult-feelings in this book.

I want everyone I know to read this book. I actually am giving it to our pastor and one of my nieces. I’m including a prism with each book. I also have hung a couple of prisms in our school room to remind of us some of the lessons we learned from Pollyanna.  I won’t tell you why I included the prisms, but I hope you’ll read the book and find out on your own!

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Jawbone Fitness Tracker: Review

I’ve had my Jawbone for a few months now. I can honestly say I LOVE it. It is sleek-looking and totally functional. I wear it all the time (except in the shower). It keeps me motivated to meet and beat my step goal each day. I also can keep a food journal with the app. One of my favorite things is the sleep tracker. I know that I don’t get enough sleep. I also know that I wake up multiple times throughout the night. The tracker lets me see how long it takes me to fall asleep and the quality of the sleep I get. It challenges me to go to sleep earlier on the nights when I can. There is a Smart Coach that gives you little tips throughout the day. I really like this part. It has warned me on several occasions that my amount of sleep is so low that I am walking around in a state that is equivalent to being legally drunk. When I get this warning, I make sure I get more rest. The battery life is great on this. It lasts 10 days. I usually just put in on the charger when I hop in the shower.

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I’ve tried to convince both my mother and mother-in-law to get one. I see such a benefit to having a health tracker. If you are looking for one, this is the one I recommend. I tried the Fit Bit and the Microsoft watch and can say honestly that this is my favorite!

 

Good Eats on Hilton Head Island

Every time we travel we check Trip Advisor, Yelp, and ask around for the best places to eat. Sometimes the reviews are spot on and other times we are left wondering if the owners somehow coerced people to leave the positive reviews.

Here is an honest review of some of the places to find good food on Hilton Head Island.

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Alexander’s : The food here was really tasty. I had the stuffed shrimp and I would highly recommend it. Some of the other people in our party had the surf and turf and said it was some of the best they’d ever had.

The Old Oyster Factory: This had some of the most beautiful views of the marshes. The food was all outstanding. Everything that everyone ordered was perfectly prepared and outstanding. This is a place we’d visit again and again.

Coco’s on the Beach: I didn’t eat anything from here, but my children and the rest of the family did. They said the burgers were out of this world. They also loved the mozzarella sticks. The children loved ordering the virgin drinks there too.

Low Country Backyard: I had the best shrimp and grits of my life at this little restaurant. Unfortunately, we’ve only been able to eat there once. There are only a few cooks, very few tables, and no reservations. This helps keep the quality of the food high, which I appreciate. It just makes it extremely hard to get to eat there with a large family.

I hope that if anyone out there is headed there that this little review helps.

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